James Garfield GARDINER

GARDINER, The Right Hon. James Garfield, P.C., B.A.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Melville (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
November 30, 1883
Deceased Date
January 12, 1962
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Garfield_Gardiner
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=b88f8c1a-3837-4be1-8acb-61fedd1a9cc1&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer, principal

Parliamentary Career

January 6, 1936 - January 25, 1940
LIB
  Assiniboia (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister of Agriculture (November 4, 1935 - November 14, 1948)
March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  Melville (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister of Agriculture (November 4, 1935 - November 14, 1948)
  • Minister of National War Services (July 12, 1940 - June 10, 1941)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
LIB
  Melville (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister of Agriculture (November 4, 1935 - November 14, 1948)
  • Minister of Agriculture (November 15, 1948 - June 20, 1957)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
LIB
  Melville (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister of Agriculture (November 15, 1948 - June 20, 1957)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
LIB
  Melville (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister of Agriculture (November 15, 1948 - June 20, 1957)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
LIB
  Melville (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister of Agriculture (November 15, 1948 - June 20, 1957)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 4153)


February 1, 1958

Mr. Gardiner:

I realize, of course, that that is not the basis on which the decision is really made to form a government, the people elected to this house a larger group of Conservatives than they did of Liberals. That brought up the question as to who was going to form a government to carry on during a period when there was not a majority in this house in favour of any party. I realize that, under our constitution, no party has a right to form a government. It is not parties that have the right to form a government. It is

Supply-Citizenship and Immigration

the individual in the house who can command a majority and only the individual in the house who can command a majority. It does not matter whether he heads any party or whether he does not. Under our institutions of government, parties are formed only for the purpose of making it possible to have a government that can carry on for four or five years or, in other words, so that we can have a stable government. The people did not make a decision that made that result possible on June 10.

So there had to be some consideration given to it and some discussion of the matter. In spite of some of the things that have been said since that time, I want to say now -and I do not think anyone will ever be able to contradict what I am about to say and base that contradiction on constitutional arguments-that there is only one way in which a Governor General can act, and that is on the advice of his prime minister. I want to say further that if the prime minister of the day had said "Well, we are going to carry on for a while"-the Governor General would have accepted that, but that was not said, and there are certain reasons why it was not said.

The leader of the C.C.F. party on the day after the election-on the 11th day of June-said very distinctly to all the people of this country, over the air and through the press, that he was prepared to support a government that would be formed by the leader of the Conservative party. The leader of the Social Credit group took a similar position, although there was a difference in their respective positions. The leader of the C.C.F. party said in effect that the only person he would support as prime minister in this house was the leader of the Conservative party,-or if he did not say that definitely, he certainly left that inference. The leader of the Social Credit group however made it very clear that which ever party undertook to form a government they would give them the chance to show their wares in this house before that group voted want of confidence.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION
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January 31, 1958

Mr. Gardiner:

Oh yes, he did.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION
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January 30, 1958

Right Hon. J. G. Gardiner (Melville):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Agriculture based on the speech which he is reported to have made yesterday in Montreal. The question is this. Has the government now decided to proceed with the construction of the South Saskatchewan river dam and, if so, when?

Topic:   IRRIGATION
Subtopic:   SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER
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January 25, 1958

Mr. Gardiner:

I am in support of the amendment. I simply want to say that I do not recall there was any year in which the advisory committee met less than twice, and there were occasions on which it met three or four times a year. But I have no objection to this, and I would expect that the board would meet at least twice a year. Perhaps the procedure which was followed previously might have been a little different. We met whenever the advisory committee suggested to us that we should meet, and there were occasions when we called for a meeting when it had not made that suggestion. I am quite satisfied we met the conditions provided in this bill by the amendment.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.
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January 25, 1958

Mr. Gardiner:

We are quite prepared to listen to arguments of this kind, knowing how little they mean coming from where they come, but at the same time when they are trying to make it appear to the people of Saskatchewan that they want to get a certain amendment included in the legislation and when it is clear that the only way they can get it there is with the support of the Liberal party, why do they spend half their time when they are on their feet abusing this party? I should like to suggest to them that if they would let the matter come to a vote they would probably get along better than by talking.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.
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